National Fisherman

Ray Richardson and other California commercial fishermen are ready to start this year's salmon season, only he faces a shorter window than last year.

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AUGUSTA — Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced on Thursday plans to distribute $640,005 to Maine's groundfish fleet.

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Alaska and Pacific Northwest seafood processor Icicle Seafoods of Seattle made three senior management appointments on Thursday, including naming Chris Ruettgers as the new CEO.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A plan to update federal fishing laws has sparked a debate among fishermen and conservationists about whether proposed changes will undo years of work to rebuild key fish populations.

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WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood & IFFO) — April 30, 2015 — A cooperative spirit abounded at this spring's seafood conferences, including the international SeaWeb Seafood Summit in New Orleans, where representatives of the commercial fishing industry joined environmental organizations and others for a series of events overviewing the future of sustainable seafood. A new video produced by Saving Seafood features enlightening interviews with award-winning conference participant Dr. Andrew Jackson, of IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organization, and lauded explorer Fabien Cousteau.

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Fishermen are still pulling traps in the final two weeks of stone-crab season, but early indications suggest a step toward a return to normal harvests.

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NEW BEDFORD — Two fishermen — the first to assist a man who fell in the water off State Pier on Tuesday — said "the real hero" in the rescue were the life rings installed along the city's waterfront after the deaths of two fishermen in 2008.

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A repeal of a state turtle-excluder device enforcement prohibition passed Wednesday (April 29) through the state House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. The bill would repeal state legislation adopted in 1987 that prohibits Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations.

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A diverse group of halibut users is appealing to Alaska's congressional delegation to support their appeal for significant reductions in the incidental catch of these fish in order to allow directed halibut fisheries to remain open and viable.

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The 2015 fishing season was still two days away from its Friday opening, but for Paul Vitale the dawning of the new season didn't seem all that different than the way the desultory 2014 fishing season closed. Deja vu. All over again.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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